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Unthought nature : reply to Penelope Deutscher and Mary Beth Mader.

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Unthought nature : reply to Penelope Deutscher and Mary Beth Mader. / Stone, Alison.

In: differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2008, p. 150-157.

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Stone, A 2008, 'Unthought nature : reply to Penelope Deutscher and Mary Beth Mader.', differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 150-157. https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-2008-014

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Stone, A. (2008). Unthought nature : reply to Penelope Deutscher and Mary Beth Mader. differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 19(3), 150-157. https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-2008-014

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Stone, Alison. / Unthought nature : reply to Penelope Deutscher and Mary Beth Mader. In: differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. 2008 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 150-157.

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